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ERIC Number: EJ907252
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0893-0384
Putting Creativity and Innovation to Work: Continuing Higher Education's Role in Shifting the Educational Paradigm
Sandeen, Cathy A.; Hutchinson, Scott
Continuing Higher Education Review, v74 p81-92 Fall 2010
The success of the US economy has always been its ability to innovate, create, invent, and commercialize groundbreaking discoveries. Today, Americans seem to be losing their edge and have begun to suffer an "innovation deficit." The authors say re-engineering the entire US educational system in order to foster and enhance necessary creativity and innovation skills is daunting. However, because of its ability to adapt, change, and develop educational programs rapidly in response to social, economic, and workforce trends, the field of continuing higher education should be particularly well suited to making an impact in this area. In this study, the authors conducted a web-based survey of continuing higher educators to assess the current state of education designed to enhance general creativity and innovation knowledge and skills. The survey revealed that to some degree continuing higher educators recognize the need for developing skills and abilities for greater creativity and innovative thinking, but the numbers are still modest and more needs to be done. Finally, the authors selected a few case studies of unique programs, events, and activities from different types of organizations that could be incorporated in various ways into professional development curricula, in the hope of motivating their colleagues.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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